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Counterparty Newsletter 06-12-2019

June 12, 2019

June sees some big steps forward in terms of community strengthening, strategically positioning counterparty for a positive future alignment and beginning groundwork to structure the project for longevity.

Ecosystem Updates:

The twelth MAFIACASH rewards distribution has been completed – all players of the mafia themed, blockchain based idle accumulation game have been rewarded with MAFIACASH token distributions. A full breakdown of the distribution stats including changes in family membership and current profits can be found here: https://mafiawars.io/news/mafiacash-distribution-12#

Wallet updates

The easy to use Counterparty Cryptogoods Chrome Extension Wallet, Freeport by has received several further updates, including a bugfix affecting asset divisibility and improved logic for fee estimation

Check it out on the Chrome Extension store or Github at https://freeport.io https://github.com/loon3/Freeport-extension

CounterParty community

A popular thread on CounterParty talk forum was started by community member CryptoAlan where a number of participants discussed a future reboot of a community driven, community comprised foundation in order to more effectively establish soft governance and generally steer CounterParty forward. As counterparty is an open source, grass-roots decentralized project, each individuals voice is important and is listened to. Please feel free to peruse the full thread below, and consider contributing your viewpoint if you haven’t already https://counterpartytalk.org/t/counterparty-foundation-in-2019-new-updates/5446/67

Ultimately discussions originating from the thread above spurred the announcement of the newly formed CounterParty foundation; by community member J-Dog and marks the start of the first election for the new entity. Below is a description of the stated goals and directions

The Counterparty Foundation is a group dedicated to advancing the Counterparty protocol and its products, educating the community on the Counterparty technology, driving global Counterparty awareness, and ensuring Counterparty remains a successful and growing platform.

The Foundation is governed by five Community Directors.

Today, we’re happy to announce the start of the Counterparty Foundation Community Directors 2019 election.

For the next three weeks, from June 10th till July 1st, we are inviting everyone to participate in the election process by nominating candidates to fill five Community Director seats. The only requirement for the nomination is that the candidate hold at least 50 XCP and prove this by broadcasting a message from his or her address with the name of the nominee.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate, please reply to this thread with the following candidate information:

After the two week long voting period, at the voting closing block, the top five addresses that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as winners, and their owners receive Community Director positions for the term of one year.

The forum thread for contributing to the ongoing 2019 election is as follows: https://counterpartytalk.org/t/ann-start-of-the-counterparty-foundation-2019-election-nomination-period-jun-10th-july-1st/5535

Please feel free to chime in with suggestions, votes and nominations. Again, as a grass roots project- there is no costly financial barrier or restriction- anybody is free to nominate themselves.

Community member monkey has also set upon creating a thread that aims to work towards documenting and facilitating a community editable interface for the more efficient outreach to exchanges, with a goal to to improve liquidity and discoverability of the base token. Monkey mentions that as of early June, two exchanges have been contacted and are currently looking into listing counterparty, with further dialogue and dialogue with other exchanges to follow. The thread is as follows

https://counterpartytalk.org/t/exchange-outreach/5514

In meatspace news, The second Rare AF (Rare Art Festival) took place last month during Blockchain week NYC. The digital art festival featured from Ethereum, EOS, and CounterParty community and builders, artists and buyers involved in the nascent NFT (Non fungible token) space. A RAREAF afterparty took place with admission tickets available on the blockchain, and DEX– tokenized via the counterparty protocol

Development news

In development news, counterparty developers, in collaboration with IndieSquare are gearing up for an announcement of a major signature project– HAZAMA.

HAZAMA is a bitcoin side chain technology built using the federated peg model. It allows the 2 way peg of BTC, Counterparty and other blockchain assets such as ERC-20 to a cheaper and faster side chain. HAZAMA has no HAZAMA token nor native asset/ICO, it only supports 1:1 pegging of existing assets (for example XCP and other assets running on top of counterparty).
A current complaint of leveraging main-chain bitcoin/ethereum for asset transfer is high transaction fees and slow confirmation times in periods of peak congestion or spam attacks

Hazama allows dAPPS the ability to let users transfer digital assets & tokens with faster throughput and much lower fees. Peg in and Peg out at anytime.

Due to the instant confirmation property of Lightning and Hazama users will be able to instantly buy and sell HAZAMA assets for BTC. This opens up a world of new use-cases for counterparty assets.

https://www.hazama.indiesquare.me/

Core Counterparty development

Two new CIP’s (CounterParty Improvement Protocols) were publicized, fully funded and are currently in development due to be released on the next development milestone.

CIP 20: Segwit address sweep

CIP 20 Will provide a way for users to easily sweep legacy accounts onto Segwit accounts operating on counterparty protocol.

Counterparty has been receiving multiple fixes and enhancements, Counterparty was one of the few projects that has been updated with Segwit support.

However, moving assets and ownerships between addresses in large batches (e.g to a segwit enabled address) has been cumbersome and expensive in the past due to how Counterparty addresses are encoded.

SegWit adoption has proven to reduce the burden of on-chain transactions by a huge factor on the main chain, and as users of the “commons” we must set forth an example of “good citizenship” on the usage of the limited resource that is blockchain storage. Using and promoting SegWit addresses only prove to be a winning move for lower fees, but it will also show to the main core detractors that we’re well behaved inside the parent blockchain.

This CIP (CIP 20) Provides a simple, fast migration path from legacy accounts to Segwit for counterparty users.

The github repo for the CIP 20 (Segwit address sweep) can be found here: https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/cip21/cip-0020.md
Discussion on CIP 20 (segwit address sweep): Can be found here: https://counterpartytalk.org/t/cip20-address-sweep/5487

CIP 21: BTC Dispenser

CIP 21 details a clever mechanism to swap arbitary tokens for on-chain BTC without the need for a third signed message, unlike the current BTCPay implementation that existing on-chain BTC sends currently use that mandates the counterparty sending BTC must remain online in order to trustlessly sign the transaction authorizing the send of the BTC to the recipient on theother end within a certain timeframe.

This elegant new solution allows the set-up of non interactive ‘offline’ ‘dispensers’ that simply swap amount of a particular asset upon receipt of BTC, avoiding counterparty risk

The github repo for the CIP 21 (BTC Dispenser) can be found here: https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/cip21/cip-0021.md
Discussion on CIP 21 (BTC Dispenser) Can be found here: https://counterpartytalk.org/t/cip21-dispensers/5488

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 05-01-2019

May 1, 2019

It’s been a buzzing couple of weeks all round in the Counterparty space. Check out a snippet of what’s been happening in the past month via the updates below.

Ecosystem Updates:

The eleventh MAFIACASH rewards distribution has been completed – all players of the mafia themed, blockchain based idle accumulation game have been rewarded with MAFIACASH token distributions. A full breakdown of the distribution stats including changes in family membership and current profits can be found here: https://mafiawars.io/news/mafiacash-distribution-11#

Elsewhere, some continued good news for fans of Bitcrystals following last newsletters Gems news. BCY; The native token of the popular Blockchain based card game Bitcrystals has recently been listed on the Alterdice exchange!

Alterdice is a Singaporean cryptocurrency trading platform established in 2018 currently listing 20 cryptocurrencies and 70 trading pairs. It offers relatively low fees (0.2%) mobile and web based trading, and offers clients various crypto and fiat pairings.

Alterdice is listed on CoinMarketCap and other aggregators with healthy reported volumes. And as of today, BYC joins the likes of Ethereum and LTC on the exchange with it’s successful listing. BCY markets are currently available for customers to trade with BTC (with the full range of USD, BTC, and ETH pairings reportedly being rolled out.)

The Bitcrystals team have also been very busy networking with a meeting in Paris with French Gaming Giant Ubisoft as part of the blockchain gaming startup incubator program, Paris Blockchain week summit and a talk by the CEO @ShabanShaame at the Crypto Games Conference in Minsk, Belarus


In other ecosystem news, as mentioned in the April newsletter Augmentors took the step to remove their app from the app stores earlier this year and redesign the game from scratch. The first phase of their redesign was to start by build an MVP (minimum viable product)

The team has been reporting progress on their MVP coming to fruition and is offering a closed Alpha testing. The testing period will run from 14:00 UTC on Friday, 10 May 2019; until Monday, 13 May 2019 14:00 UTC. Those who have registered to be a tester will receive an email on Friday 10 May with instructions on how to install the app for testing. You can find full details of their testing process below.


Freeport updates

The easy to use Cryptogoods Chrome Extension Wallet, Freeport by developer and rockstar CounterParty contributor Joe Looney that was first showcased in last months newsletter has received several updates, minor bugfixes and general improvements– including dust and transaction format fixes (allowing spending from unspent UTXO’s) , the addition of twitter verification (linking a cryptogood address to a twitter handle) and various smaller UI and UX cleanups.

Check it out on the Chrome Extension store or Github at https://freeport.io

CounterParty in the news

The website CardRates, with input from CounterParty contributor and speaker Theo Goodman has published an excellent article on CounterParty entitled “Open-Source Counterparty Pushes Blockchain Capabilities Beyond Money Transfers” where they cover the wide range of applications of Blockchain beyond simply “store of value” and specifically hone in on how CounterParty has, since 2014 enabled transformative token economies by writing in the margin of traditional Bitcoin transactions– citing a number of innovative projects running on the platform and expanding on Counterparty’s vision for the future.

Read the full article here: https://www.cardrates.com/news/open-source-counterparty-pushes-blockchain-beyond-money-transfers/

Theo also speaks at the seminal Consensus NYC blockchain conference (13-15th May) with a talk entitled “Cutesy Cats: Tokens Come to Gaming and Betting”

In more conference news, the second Rare AF (Rare Art Festival) is scheduled to run on May 18th during Blockchain week NYC. The digital art festival features pundits from Ethereum, EOS, and CounterParty community and builders, artists and buyers involved in the nascent NFT (Non fungible token) space

NFT’s designed for digital collectible platforms like counterparty-based farming phenomenon Bitcorn Crops are among some of the artwork that has been accepted in submissions.

A new DEX emerges

Raizer DEX- An new alternate implementation of a Decentralized exchange for CounterParty assets/tokens has been launched, with a view to letting users not just trade tokenized Counterparty assets/assets via an intuitive web-based interface but Bitcoin too via a similar process to wrapped Ethereum (WETH) that various Decentralized exchanges incorporate on the Ethereum ecosystem (albeit more centralized).

The team states in their website their design goal is letting have the same user experience and interface as traditional stock exchanges they may be used to. By incorporating XCP and BTC markets into their online exchange frontend (via a process of exchanging BTC into representative tokens exchangeable for their equivalent Raizer BTC token the stated goal is to facilitate more frictionless trading of the liquid BTC asset). Several pairs are currently active.

The Raizer team has an official twitter account which can be found here where they also link to their telegram and discord communities

You can find a link to the Decentralized exchange implementation itself here https://raizer.cc/ (where the answer to several FAQ’s also lie)

editors note: counterparty.io cannot vouch nor endorse for the safety or trustworthiness of alternative implementations of DEX frontend by third parties. We would urge end-users, as they would on any new platform to be cautious about re-using existing seeds or transferring large balances when evaluating wallets published by external sources

CounterParty behind the bar

Avacus is a Purse like system with it’s flagship token, VACUS operating atop of the counterparty protocol. Avacus connects people who want to shop for great deals using cryptocurrency and people who want to get cryptocurrency more conveniently without using an exchange, all through the Amazon wish list. The service primarily caters to the Japanese market segment but has a view of expanding to international markets in future. You can find more info on Avacus here.

In May 2018 Avacus launched it’s own pop-up sake bar concept, AVA-SAKE with a view to providing an avenue for like-minded cryptocurrency enthusiasts to mingle. In addition to payment in Yen (naturally) the bar also accepts Avacus and XCP tokens as payment for it’s range of Sake, whiskey and other potions.

AVA-SAKE’S 1 year anniversary has now been reached, and to mark the occasion a special collaborative event was recently held at Bar the WU in Shibuya Tokyo, Japan, with limited edition beer mats, special brews and other swag available in exchange for various tokens.

Development news

Pebble – IndieSquares latest counterparty supported, lightning wallet – has continued to see developmental updates with the announcement of easy to use channel funds recovery feature (restore from cloud services) as a feature soon to be added.

Elsewhere in other counterparty related development initiatives Developers at Circuits of Value (Coval) have recently developed and published an API that aims to simplify the process of integration and management of XCP and other tokens running on top of the Counterparty protocol. This is especially helpful for those exchanges or other services seeking to integrate CounterParty assets into their ecosystem

The NodeJS API handles transaction construction, transaction signing and wallet management and is purported to be near feature-complete and in continued development
The code has been published on Open source Mecca Github for interested persons to download, inspect and play with at their leisure.

In internal generalized development focus, work continues on the following CIP’s

CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):

Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 04-01-2019

April 1, 2019

It’s been a quiet month all round for the Counterparty community. Nevertheless, check out the updates below.

Ecosystem Updates:

Mafia Wars completed both their 10th distribution of MAFIACASH this past month. In another successful month for the COLOMBO family, the family grew by 56%; adding 545 new members. The GENOVESE family lost a member but still maintained their number 2 ranking. The Mafia Wars team is continuously promoting new card designs via their twitter handle. You can find out more information on how to purchase them here as well as check some out below:

BitCrystals has some positive news following last month’s announcement to discontinue the progression of Spells of Genesis. Spells of Genesis players can now use the BitCrystals currency (BCY) to purchase one of the in-game currencies; Gems. Previously, Gems could only be bought using fiat currencies, and allow players to purchase speciality card packs and refill their stamina during gameplay. Spells of Genesis also celebrated the sale of more than 40,000 cards via Book of Orbs.

The BitCrystals team also launched their ‘Bloom Campaign’ this past month, to incentivize users to download the multi-chain wallet; Casa Tookan. Ending April 30th, players will be rewarded with BCY the more they use Casa Tookan. Read more here.

The team has also promoted their Satoshi edition, Spells of Genesis themed cold storage ledger. Check it out:

In other news, Spells of Genesis held the number 1 spot on Digirare at one point over the last month:

Lastly, BitCrystals and EverdreamSoft CEO; Shaban Shaame, will be speaking at Belarus’ Crypto Games Conference.

FoldingCoin shared via social media that FNTS; a cloud solutions service, was providing free cloud sharing services to help with the computer power distributing process.

FoldingCoin was recently added by a bilingual stat service to their project. Available in English and Dutch, the blockspot service analyzes the FLDC token in its circulation.

Augmentors continues to engage its community with some major news over the past month. The game has temporarily been removed from the app store whilst the team rehauls the game as a whole; following feedback to make the game more engaging and fun. The main point of focus for the team is to increase user retention within the game and VR experience, and as a result, any roadmapped blockchain progress has also been delayed.

Two upcoming improvements to the game include the feature that allows for multiple creatures in battle, as well as the testing of turn mechanics to determine which creature will feature first in a battle and how often.

This is currently dependent on the creature’s speed. Existing and new creatures in the game are also being redeveloped to be more unique. You can check out all of the team’s community updates here.

Age of Rust follows on from last month as their social media recaps their presence at San Francisco’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC).

The team also highlighted how the project was getting some attention in Korea:

Freewallet, an opensource Bitcoin and Counterparty wallet, powers through with another update this month. Version 0.1.9 includes some bug fixes and increases wallet stability:

Freeport.io is an app created by Rare Pepe Wallet founder; Joe Looney. Available as a Google Chrome extension, allows users to create cryptogoods- much like the beloved Rare Pepe – via the Bitcoin Blockchain. Freeport promotes image anchoring to ensure the authenticity of any asset created. Check out more here:

Counterparty in the News:

Pebble – as mentioned last month to be IndieSquares latest counterparty supported, lightning wallet – was mentioned by the bitcoin merchant directory as one of seven lightning wallets to try out.

With RareAF2 taking place on May 18th in New York City, submissions of rare art for the event were held (and closed) last month. To learn more about the event and who will be selecting the art from all of the entries click here.

In a new video by Bitcoin Weird; sponsored by Bitcorn Crops, JScrilla lends his experience to the discussion, and also talks Rare Pepes:

Development News:

Development news is quiet this month as our team continues to work on the current CIPs as listed below:



CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):
Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 02/04/2019

February 4, 2019

It’s the crypto winter, the polar vortex has forced some of our favourite projects indoors as they bide their time, whilst others tease some updates for us this month:

Ecosystem Updates:

Indiesquare is working on a new project to help games send Counterparty tokens with low fees. The project remains highly protective in what it can reveal right now but promises to reveal more information soon.

Mandel Duck will similarly be developing games that utilize this tech, so stay tuned for more information as it comes!

Mafia Wars started the month with their 8th distribution of MAFIACASH. The team celebrated a huge month with over 200 players joining the game this month! Among the families, the Colombo family emerged the strongest with 77 new members. Check out more info in the jump above, alongside more info on the distributions here.

In the past month, the Mafia Wars team have hosted card giveaways via their twitter handle. With lots of new designs and monthly design contests, this is hopefully a tradition that will follow through to the coming months.

You can now trade your Mafia Wars collection within Book of Orbs here.

BitCrystals has revealed that you can now buy the BitCrystals token with both BTC and ETH.

With another addition to the CrystalsCraft collection, Joey Chips’ ‘CRYPTOARTATM’ is available via Book of Orbs now.

FoldingCoin has has a quieter month after a taking a series of progressive steps for the project which you can check out here. Still, the team has announced via their Twitter handle that the 3rd venue to accept their FLDC token is an art venue. As art holds a beloved place within the crypto community, you can check out Lynx Art, a Floridian based company here. Make sure to check out the Folding Coin twitter handle for further updates as and when they are released.

Augmentors posted their review of Q1 and Q1 as they entered the new year. With an official roadmap that was most recently released here, the team hosted a screenshot contest that kept players busy. You can check out the results here. In the update, the team announced that with the upcoming open beta, they’ll be updating the game every couple of weeks,

Age of Rust has been a longterm feature in the Counterparty newsletters, but in case you need an introduction, the team shared an awesome introductory piece via their twitter handle. The medium article titled; “Age of Rust — Who?, What?, Where?, When?”, follows Age of Rust through its beggings to now, creating a great timeline for fans and newcomers alike, highlighting the Counterparty protocols role throughout. Check it out.

In other news, the team introduced new gameplay footage to users last month, check it out below:

Counterparty in the News:

With a quiet news cycle this month,  JScrilla posted his 2018 recap of CryptoArt and music featuring some Counterparty projects. The post features the ‘Art on the Blockchain’ podcast that in itself features so big Counterparty community influencers.

Also featured, is the Rare Art Festival and Bitcorn Crops.

Development News:

All exchanges and main ecosystem actors have updated successfully to Counterparty 9.56.0 and that Developers are currently working towards the next set of features for 9.57.0.


Here is a reminder of current and future CIPs:



CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):
Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.



Counterparty Update 06/06/16

June 6, 2016

Ecosystem News

On June 1st, Storj attended Decentralized and Encrypted in Berlin, Germany. The Blueyard Capital event was self-described as “The mission to upgrade the internet & an open conversation with Edward Snowden”. Storj’s Shawn Wilkinson gave a presentation titled “A decentralized vision of object storage”. A video of the presentation will be made available by the event in about a week.

Over the next two days Storj held their Open Beta Launch Party in Berlin followed by a Global Open Beta Launch for those who were unable to make it to Germany. The Global Open Beta Launch was held via Slack and Google Hangouts to answer questions in real-time. Watch a recording of the hangout here.

Storj put an update out on June 2nd titled “How Storj is increasing security exponentially”. It is an important piece from the Storj team and I recommend reading it in full.

Map of Storj Nodes

Congratulations to the GetGems project on reaching their final funding milestone. GetGems upgraded to Android version 3.0 to comply with Telegram 3.8.1. This update added a “Hide Message Read” function and the ability to change the color theme among other chat and GetGems settings improvements.

GetGems is closing their BitcoinTalk forum in favor of a Telegram channel for general discussion.

GetGems defined a roadmap going forward and added bounties for GetGems translations.

“The overall direction for GetGems is to leverage the Telegram ecosystem.”

Read the full GetGems update here.

The Counterparty DEx (Decentralized Exchange) removes the need for Counterparty assets to be listed on centralized exchanges. Being on a centralized exchange can be a benefit to some projects for the sake of visibility, if you support GetGems open a ticket on Poloniex to demonstrate your support for the project.

“Yes, if we receive enough requests from the GEMZ community there is a chance we won’t delist it, ” – Poloniex support

CoinDaddy.io is a service that will be increasingly important as Counterparty gains popularity. CoinDaddy, a company run by Counterparty director Jeremy Johnson (widely known as J-Dog), is similar to GoDaddy with a stated goal as follows: “CoinDaddy is a crypto 2.0 services company that makes blockchain technologies easier to understand and use. Our goal is to help users understand the power of blockchain technologies and provide tools to help them use it today to benefit their lives.”

Coindaddy Cropped

CoinDaddy is a project that will be covered in detail in a future update.

Several weeks ago Let’s Talk Bitcoin and Tokenly made a podcast titled “Putting the Pieces Together with Tokenly”.

Tokenly is service that offers modular, open-source, server-based tools with the goal of making features facilitated by Counterparty tokens more accessible to non-technical users. The project is led by long-time Counterparty community member Adam B. Levine and former community director Devon Weller.   

Counterparty Content

Long-time Counterparty community members Dan Anderson and Dante made a highly entertaining podcast on domains and ventured into domain discussion related to Counterparty for the majority of the podcast. The podcast is titled “Raiders of the Lost Episode” on account of the episode being recorded in April and released weeks later.

Counterparty coverage starts at 16:15 but I recommend listening to the entire episode if you are interested in domains.

The full release of Spells of Genesis is coming in Fall of 2016. Bitcoinist.com went into detail on the full release here.

Christian Moss wrote an article on Medium about Counterparty tokens leading the digital asset revolution by making in-game assets fungible in the real world and transferrable between distinct games.

Counterparty News

Counterparty held a community meeting on June 1st. There are several points of interest from community directors.

Koji Higashi had some thoughts to share about expanding Counterparty’s growing presence in Japan.

“As a quick update from me, my main focus as a community director is to expand the community to more countries and areas in the world, most notably Japan and China. I’m in close communication with some Japanese exchanges for example for CP assets listed and beyond and I’m hoping to report some good news in the near future.”

Matt Young talked about his ecosystem outreach and stated his goals as the following:

1) To get any feedback and feature requests available to us from folks that are using the platform/protocol so that we may improve it.

2) To enlist help from companies in the development of the features they’d most like to see.

3) Keep an open avenue of communication for the projects/businesses built on Counterparty.

Matt can be contacted at matt.young@counterparty.io with any relevant ecosystem or project information.

Trevor Altpeter shared some general information of interest to the Counterparty community.

“I’ll kick it off by addressing Poloniex withdrawal problems. It is something we are aware of but ultimately a problem on their end. Bittrex is an alternative option that is having very few reported problems.”

Trevor continued on to explain Counterparty outreach efforts.

“We have made an outreach group to improve distribution of Counterparty content to our community and primarily to assist in the creation of new Counterparty content. Whether that means writing it ourselves or helping other journalists learn about Counterparty we are going to do what it takes.”

“We are also pursuing language translations for Counterparty content as that is likely the best way to expand the use of Counterparty globally”

The Counterparty Slack added a new public channel called “assets-and-domains” in response to requests from several domain specialists in our community.

Counterparty recently passed 50k created assets and we are nearing 500k transactions! An update on this significant milestone will be forthcoming.

Core Development Updates

Additional information regarding the EVM will be available this week.

Progress continues on P2SH. Ruben De Vries’ P2SH branch has recently been merged into the counterparty-lib develop branch, where it is undergoing some additional testing.

Since the code in develop changes the Counterparty protocol in several spaces, Counterparty will be setting a block number for the changes to go active in the next few weeks. Under ideal circumstances P2SH should be live on mainnet within the month.

Another exciting development update that is close to being finished is a revamped build system that is based on Docker and Docker Compose. The changes do away with the old linux setup script, and make it much easier to get started running the Counterparty software. Full documentation is almost complete and will be released shortly. For a sneak peek, see here.

Ruben has created a demo project to compose P2SH transactions, for testing purposes. Impressively, it also contains the basic components to demonstrate an atomic swap between BTC and XCP! This is an incredibly exciting development that will have more news forthcoming soon. Check out the project here.

In addition, Storj’s @f483 has created a library to implement unidirectional micropayment channels. His work can be found here.

Join the Counterparty XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation.



Counterparty Update 05/23/16

May 23, 2016

Ecosystem News

Spells of Genesis is a popular Android and iOS game that makes use of Counterparty to create in-game assets. Spells of Genesis posted a project roadmap that outlines the steps needed to complete the game by the estimated full release in September 2016. Project lead, Shaban Shaame, posted a project update on Youtube as well.

Storj is having a launch party on June 2nd in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of the launch party is to announce the open beta of the Storj network.

Storj is one of nine partners in Microsoft Azure’s BaaS (Blockchain as a Service) program. Robert Tiger gave a short description of Storj’s offering in a recent Bitcoin.com article:

“Storj nodes sell resources to store and transfer data. In the process, nodes earn Storjcoin X or other select cryptocurrencies in exchange for services. In short, an individual could earn an income by leasing or renting hard drive space or extra bandwidth. Storj has created a data storage system that can not be censored, and is cheaper, faster, and more secure than traditional cloud storage platforms.”

The rest of the article about the BaaS ecosystem can be read here and an earlier CoinTelegraph article on the subject can be read here.

MandelDuck recently released an Android version of their popular iOS game known as “SaruTobi”. According to Jon Southurst of Bitcoin.com:

“MandelDuck also produces the iOS ‘geocaching’ app Takara, in which users ‘drop’ small amounts of bitcoin in specific locations for others to pick up if they visit that location. It has seen users travel physically to coffee shops, houses, bridges and even islands to collect the dropped ‘treasure’.

SaruTobi (which means ‘monkey fly’ in Japanese) uses Counterparty tokens as in-game items, and connects to the IndieSquare Counterparty Wallet. This allows users to receive bitcoin tips and even share items from different games.”

Read more of Jon’s article here.

SaruTobi features a collaboration with the IndieSquare wallet to facilitate the use of Counterparty tokens within the game. Indiesquare shared some thoughts on the partnership in a Medium post:

“The more intriguing addition, however, is the ability to connect to IndieSquare Wallet not only to receive bitcoin tips, but also to use some of the Spells of Genesis blockchain cards as powerups in SaruTobi. Players who hold SoG cards in their IndieSquare Wallet accounts can connect the wallet with SaruTobi easily and enjoy using the game items across the two games seamlessly.”

An interesting aspect of this partnership is the ability to use in-game items across different games. In-game items created as Counterparty tokens exist autonomously allowing for their use on different platforms. Spells of Genesis and SaruTobi are leading the way for this rapidly developing trend in gaming. Counterparty, and by extension Bitcoin, is the technology best positioned to accommodate this niche.

“This kind of cross-game collaboration is possible through the use of Counterparty tokens as game items due to blockchain’s open nature. The SaruTobi and SoG are spearheading this new and exciting field of tokenized game items on the blockchain.”

The full IndieSquare post can be read here.

The SaruTobi game features a Counterparty token called NINJASUIT. The token can be viewed on the Blockchain here.

Adam B Levine’s Let’s Talk Bitcoin continues to create some of the best Bitcoin content available. Jonathan Mohan interviewed York Rhodes of Microsoft to discuss blockchains, technology and the growth in enterprise adoption. Microsoft Azure has nine partners in its BaaS (Blockchain as a Service) Ecosystem, one of which is Counterparty’s Storj project. Listen to Episode 294 here.

Counterparty Content

Counterparty Director Koji Higashi wrote a blog post on the state of Bitcoin and Counterparty in Japan.

A follow-up article to Koji’s blog post was published on Bitcoin.com several days later.

“Not only are we seeing a massive growth of Bitcoin adoption and media coverage here but also Japan has turned into a very interesting place for Bitcoin 2.0 experiments and the token economy.” – Koji Higashi, Counterparty Foundation

CryptoHustle published a speculative blog post on their belief that XCP is primed for a ”Bull Run”.

The Counterparty Foundation published a piece titled “Proposal for Ethereum Smart Contracts on Counterparty Mainnet”.

Counterparty News

A Counterparty Group has recently started on Telegram. It is a public group and all Counterparty users are encouraged to join. The group will remain public for at least the first 200 users. Check it out here.

The Counterparty Foundation released an update several days ago.

The first Counterparty Community Meeting is coming up on June 1st. Community meetings are held once per month on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are conducted via Google Hangouts with real-time input from Slack. An agenda for the June 1st meeting will be posted to Slack a few days before.

Core Development Updates

P2SH will be live on Counterparty within 6 weeks!

“We are looking forward to merging P2SH which will facilitate the use of Bitcoin multisig addresses (which start with a ‘3’ instead of a ‘1’) following the industry standard while laying the groundwork for more complex scripts and payment channels.” – Counterparty Core Developer Ruben de Vries



Counterparty Foundation Update

May 18, 2016

The 2016 Counterparty Foundation has been busy the past couple of weeks. We have several changes to announce that came out of our first meeting:

The first Counterparty Community Meeting will be held on June 1st. These community meetings will be held once per month on the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting will be held on Google Hangouts with real-time input from Slack. An agenda will be posted to Slack a few days before.

The Counterparty.io Website is undergoing a content refresh to be more clear regarding what Counterparty is, as well as talk to the exciting new features on the horizon. In this vein, the Japanese Counterparty Community is growing rapidly and we want to improve our tools for Japanese users! Counterparty.io will soon be adding bounties for a Japanese and Chinese site translation.  

As the community continues to grow, we are seeing the various Counterparty Communication Channels begin to specialize. We now have a BitcoinTalk forum, subreddits, a subverse, a telegram chat, a Counterparty specific forum, Slack, and a Skype channel. Slack is being used as a real-time communication hub for the project, with moderated discussion. Consequently, a short list of Slack guidelines is under construction. If you have comments or suggestions for guidelines reach out to a Counterparty Director. Telegram and Skype will continue to be the communication methods with the most minimal moderation.

An Outreach Group was created internally to improve content distribution to the community. An emphasis is being placed on raising awareness within the broader Bitcoin and Ethereum communities. More information on this will be forthcoming in a separate announcement.

Counterparty Gear, previously hosted at counterpartyfoundation.org, is being revamped with a new website. Additional information will be forthcoming.

The Counterparty Foundation Membership Program is being wound down due to the Board’s assessment of the project’s ability to deliver on all of the stated benefits. As part of this, we will be offering a full refund to any current members who ask. If you have an existing membership, contact a board member for additional information.

And finally, Robby Dermody, one of the co-founders of Counterparty, was designated as chairman of the Counterparty Foundation for the current one year term.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all on our Community Meeting! Feel free to reach out to us on Slack with any questions, comments, or concerns.